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Uninstall a device

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To uninstall a device

  1. Open Device Manager.

  2. Double-click the type of device that you want to uninstall.

  3. Right-click the specific device you want to uninstall, and then click Uninstall.

  4. In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click OK.

  5. When you are done uninstalling the device, remove it from the computer.


  • To open Device Manager, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Device Manager.

  • If you are prompted to restart the computer, the device will not be removed and will continue to function until the computer is restarted.

  • You do not usually need to use Device Manager to uninstall a Plug and Play device. Simply disconnect the Plug and Play device from your computer. You might have to restart your computer, however, depending on the type of device. Check the device manufacturer's instructions for more information.

  • Uninstalling a device does not remove the device drivers from your computer's hard disk.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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